Pet Care Blog

By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 14 May 2019 10:38 AM
Winter, with its cooler days and chilly nights, are particularly difficult for those suffering from arthritis. Your pet can suffer from arthritis in the same way as we do, even from a young age. It is tricky to tell if your pet is suffering from arthritis, especially if he/she still runs around like a young pup/kitten. Unfortunately, your pet is unable to communicate with words that he/she may be in discomfort due to arthritis and we therefore only notice when the arthritis has become more severe. However, you may be able to notice some subtle signs, with changes in your pet’s behaviour, so you can start supportive treatments early. 

Signs that your pet may be exhibiting:

Limping:

Your pet may limp or favour one or more of his/her legs, depending on where the arthritis is effecting. This limp may seem worse when your pet first rises and become less noticeable as your pet “warms up” by moving around.

Difficulty moving:

Your pet may also become reluctant to do things that were previously easy for him/her to accomplish. For example - your dog may find it difficult to get into and out of the car or may have difficulty going up and down stairs that were previously easily manageable. Arthritic cats may stop jumping onto countertops, perches and other high areas because of the pain and discomfort.

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 4 April 2019 12:52 PM
Do you find yourself yelling at your dog for doing things you don’t want him/her to do? Does your dog test your patience? To help avoid certain unwanted behaviours continuing, aim to set your dog up to succeed, by providing an error free environment. This way your dog will learn faster and your training will be more successful.

Dogs learn best through consistency and repetition. However, they are not great at generalising behaviours. You may have noticed that your dog will sit well in the kitchen for a treat, but when asked to sit when on a walk he/she just looks at you confused.

If you know your dog has not mastered a command in a quiet environment, it is pointless asking him/her to comply in an environment filled with distractions. For example asking your dog to ‘come’ while at the dog park, filled with other dogs, people and wildlife, when he/she has not mastered the recall in the quiet confines of your backyard. This is setting your dog up to fail and is often the reason why you may be getting...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 15 March 2019 12:15 PM
Dog behaviour whether ‘good’ or ‘bad’ largely comes down to the way in which the dog has been communicated with. Correct communication is the best tool to strengthen your relationship with your dog. As humans, we often over complicate communication with our dog by chatting away to them like they are a fellow human, expecting our dog to understand. We need to remember that we have a complex verbal language. By recognising this, you can choose to communicate with your dog in a more effective way and in turn be rewarded for your efforts with a well behaved dog.

Often when your dog does not do as he/she is asked, you think he/she is choosing not to comply or ignoring you. It is simply that your dog does not fully understand the language that you are choosing to communicate with. Your dog’s ‘bad’ behaviour is usually the result of stress or frustration from his/her inability to understand and communicate with you.

Consider how dogs communicate with each other - mainly through body language. When your...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 1 March 2019 12:01 PM
Are you planning on adding a new four-legged member to your family, and want a well-behaved one? Well make yourself a cup of coffee and get nice and comfy, because this blog has been written for you….

With this month’s focus being about pet behaviour, we thought it would be a good time to focus on the most important time in a puppy’s life- when you want them to learn about how to be a well behaved and polite pup!

Starting off on the right paw!

Good behaviour starts even before you have chosen your new companion: it starts with you!

 We have come up with some tips below that you may find helpful to get you started on the right track!

Be sure to pick an appropriate breed for your family and life style – Undesirable behaviours often arise from pets being kept in the wrong environment. Research the breeds you are interested in and what they were originally bred for. This will give you a good idea of how much exercise they will need, how much grooming they will require,...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Sunday, 10 February 2019 2:09 PM
Now that summer is in full swing, our worst outdoor enemy is back! I’m sure you all know who I am talking about... Yes, that’s right... Mosquitoes! They ruin barbecues, buzz around your ears, steal your blood and leave behind a red and itchy mark. We all know mosquitoes are extremely annoying creatures, but did you know that they are potentially deadly to our four-legged family members too? These pesky creatures carry countless dangerous diseases to humans, and can carry and transmit diseases between our pets. In particular, the deadly parasite known as heartworm.



What is Heartworm?

As its name suggests, heartworm is a worm-like parasite that is found in the heart of both our kitty and pooch friends. Many people mistake Heartworm as a type of intestinal worm, but don’t be fooled! Heartworm significantly differs from all other worms and is the most dangerous type due to its fatal...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Monday, 4 February 2019 12:10 PM
Monthly Behaviour Tip

Your dog loves you unconditionally… even when you yell at him/her, or accidently step on his/her toes. It is hard for your dog (and you) when you have to leave him/her at home. Most dogs cope fine with their owner leaving, even though they show those ‘puppy eyes’. However, a select few become distressed when separated from you. Separation anxiety starts when your dog anticipates your impending departure. As you are getting ready to leave (or even through the day as you moving around the house, away from your dog), you may notice your dog panting, drooling, pacing, whining, shadowing you and/or self-licking. Once gone, your dog will try everything to get out and find you. Displaying behaviours like barking/howling, house or yard destruction (mostly around doors/other exits), urinating and defecating around the house, and an excessive greeting when you return. Please note, that if your dog suffers from separation anxiety, he/she has no control over this behaviour. Separation anxiety most likely is due to a combination of genetics (with some dog breeds being more prone to fearfulness and anxiety) and previous experiences. It is a condition that needs to be treated. Unfortunately, your dog will not just get over it or outgrow it. If left untreated it will get worse. Punishing your dog (including shock or spray collars) will intensify the behaviour....
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Saturday, 2 February 2019 2:00 PM


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what a better time to discuss heart disease!  

Heart disease is a sad but tolerable condition for your dog. Although treatments cannot reverse heart disease, your dog can live a relatively normal life once diagnosed and on treatment. Aging is the most common reason dogs develop heart conditions, but other factors like heartworm can also lead to heart disease. Some breeds such as Boxers and Cavaliers are prone to getting Heart disease, but any pet, cat or dog, are at risk of developing this disease. 

Signs of heart disease:

Unfortunately, Heart disease isn’t easy to spot. It creeps up on our furry friends slowly and can take months or even years before recognisable symptoms occur.  Being able to recognise these symptoms early is the key! That way our Veterinarians...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Sunday, 20 January 2019 9:31 AM
Monthly Behaviour Tip

Spring and summer, with the warm, dry weather may lead to your dog getting an ear infection, maybe from a grass seed, skin allergy or after going for a cooling swim. Dogs often do not enjoy having their ears examined or ear drops applied, which can make treatment for ear infections very difficult. It is important to train your dog to allow handling of his/her ears. Ideally, when the ears are healthy so he/she learns that it is not a painful procedure.

It is best to incorporate checking and gentle cleaning your dog’s ears in your grooming routine. Use food or toys as rewards to both distract your pet and to make positive associations with ear handling

Offer your dog a food treat with one hand and reach out towards one ear with your other hand, while your dog is focused on the treat. Repeat this exercise several times until your dog shows no concern (flinching or avoiding when you attempt to touch his/her ear) on several consecutive occasions. Repeat with the other...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 10 January 2019 9:38 AM
                               

It is heating up outside! Is this hot weather getting to you? Do you feel yourself taking off some layers and sitting in the cool? Unfortunately for our pooches they don’t have the luxury of removing their large fur coats to cool them down in this dreaded heat.  Luckily, we have come up with some great tips you could try to help keep our beloved four-legged friends cool in this hot weather.

Tip 1:  Multiple water supplies – Seems pretty straight forward, but on hot days it is easy for the one bowl to be knocked over or evaporated. Be sure to have extra water sources available to your pooch on hot days.  It also might be nice adding ice bricks to the water before you leave for work. This will help keep the water cooler and fresher for longer.

Tip 2: Air-conditioning – Sometimes the shade is enough but on days with extreme...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 3 January 2019 9:46 AM
Summer! It is well and truly here! After the last couple days of extreme heat, we will soon be wishing for winter! We all love summer and no doubt are pet’s do too! With the long summer days and balmy nights we are often out and about with our pets, more than other times during the year. Trips to the river or beach are the most fun! But with the heat comes the “common” but serious summer hazards which you need to be mindful of when it comes to our furry companions. So we wanted to get in first with some clear summer hazards you need to watch out for:

 

Heat Stroke

It can be easy for our frisky companions to overdo it in the heat. Unlike us, our pets cannot sweat over their full bodies; they can only produce a tiny amount of sweat through their little toepads. Therefore they rely on panting to get rid of the hot air. This...

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